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Spec David Roy Cushing

Spec David Roy Cushing

El Paso, El Paso County, Texas, USA
Death 26 May 1967 (aged 20)
Burial El Paso, El Paso County, Texas, USA
Plot Section I Site 44
Memorial ID 547174 · View Source
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In Loving Memory ... Sp4. David Roy Pike Cushing.

You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in your family and those who knew you and loved you. You will live on because we remember you!

Age: 20
Race: Caucasian
Date of Birth Nov 2, 1946
Marital Status: Single - Parents: Father, Frederick Carl Cushing (Born July 17, 1923 and Died Sept. 24, 1979 at the age of 56 yrs in El Paso, Tx) and Mother, Ethel A. Pike Cushing, Born Nov. 25, 1930, both from El Paso, Tx, Kansas and NH.. He had No children.

***** Hi Eddie,
I have an ongoing project for the 1-8 Jumping Mustangs who were KIA in Vietnam, and came upon your new and improved memorial for David. I wanted you to know that The Jumping Mustangs have an annual reunion and they honor the KIA's every year. My husband, Mike "Doc"Rice served during Aug,1967-1968 and was fortunate to return. Thanks for all your wonderful findagrave contributions.
Sue Rice
Waterford, Michigan

***** United States Census, 1930
Name: Frederick C Cushing
Titles and Terms: Jr
Event Type: Census
Event Year: 1930
Event Place: Plymouth, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 6
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Relationship to Head of Household: Son
Birth Year (Estimated): 1924
Birthplace: New Hampshire
Father's Birthplace: New Hampshire
Mother's Birthplace: New Hampshire
Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
Oscar R Cushing Head M 43 New Hampshire
Doris M Cushing Daughter F 17 New Hampshire
Roger W Cushing Son M 15 New Hampshire
Geraldine O Cushing Daughter F 13 New Hampshire
Oscar Cushing Jr. Son M 8 New Hampshire
Frederick C Cushing Son M 6 New Hampshire - YOUR DAD
Roy A Cushing Son M 5 New Hampshire

***** I served with David and was there when he was killed. He was one of 6 troopers from A and D company killed that tragic day. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of this brave soldier.
Louis Hoerner

***** Dave and I served together at Redstone Missle Arsenal in Alabama, then sat next to each other on the flight to Nam. Talked to Dave one time, during our tour he went to 1/8th, I went to 1/5th Cav., as medics. Saw him day before he gave his life for this country. I didn't know he was KIA., until I went down to 1/8th Hqs. to rotate with Dave back to the real world. He was a great guy, great bowler and most of all, a great friend. God Bless America and God Bless David Cushing. I think, of him often and miss his laugh and sense of humor.

SP4 - E4 - Army - 1st Cav Division (AMBL)
Length of service 1 years
His tour began on Oct 18, 1966
Casualty was on May 26, 1967

Body was recovered
Panel 20E - Line 114

On 26 May 1967, a UH-1D HUEY (hull number 65-10089) of C Company, 227th Aviation Battalion, was preparing to launch on a troop-carrier mission.

As the pilot was given "all clear" and the aircraft lifted off, the skids caught on a cargo net, causing the aircraft to roll and crash on its left side and it caught fire.

There were 7 fatalities, the other 6 being infantry type.
Helicopter 65-10089

U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 65-10089
Incident number: 670526051ACD
Accident case number: 670526051
Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: C/227 AVN
South Vietnam
Number killed in accident = 7 . . Injured = 1 . . Passengers = 6

The seven men - six passengers, one crewman - who died in the crash were
•C Co, 227th AHB, 11th Avn Group ◦SP4 William L. Dornbergh, Modesto, CA
•A Co, 1st Bn, 8th Cavalry ◦1LT Edward S. Fisher, Eagle Rock, CA
◦SP4 Domenico Cacciola, New York, NY
◦SP4 David R. Cushing, El Paso, TX
◦SP4 Alan J. Ruddell, Marshfield, MO
◦PFC Charles D. Allen, Columbus, OH

•D Co, 1st Bn, 8th Cavalry ◦PFC Loren C. Surles, New York, NY

The following is crew member information for this incident:

PFC Charles Delmar Allen, Jr.
Age at death: 20.0
Home City: Columbus, OH

SP4 Domenico Cacciola
Age at death: 21.0
Home City: New York, NY

Name: SP4 David Roy Cushing
Age at death: 20.6
Home City: El Paso, TX

Name: 1LT Edward Stephan Fisher
Age at death: 24.7
Home City: Eagle Rock, CA

Name: PFC Loren Cleveland Surles
Age at death: 21.0
Home City: New York, NY

Name: SP4 Alan James Ruddell
Age at death: 20.7
Home City: Marshfield, MO

Name: SP4 William L. Dornbergh, Jr.
Age at death: 24.6
Home City: Modesto, CA


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  • Maintained by: Eddieb
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 25 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 547174
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Spec David Roy Cushing (2 Nov 1946–26 May 1967), Find A Grave Memorial no. 547174, citing Fort Bliss National Cemetery, El Paso, El Paso County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Eddieb (contributor 46600350) .